Dorset Police has leased two lifeboats from the RNLI

Dorset Police has leased two lifeboats from the RNLI to patrol Dorset’s coast and rivers. The arrangement is a first for both organisations, and will provide the police with reliable boats maintained by RNLI specialist staff.

The two Atlantic class RIBs have been adapted to meet the strict specifications required for police vessels. They will be based at Poole and Portland, and will be used to patrol 89 miles of coastline between Christchurch Harbour and Lyme Regis.

Inspector Alan Ewart, of Dorset Police Marine Section, said, “The improved reliability provided by the new boats means that the marine community of Dorset will benefit from an improved police presence on the water.”